Canon EOS R5 Animal Eye Autofocus | First Impressions

I've been fortunate to have spent some time behind the viewfinder of an early production unit of the Canon EOS R5 in South Africa's Sabi Sabi private Game Reserve and I have been very impressed.

In this short clip I share some footage of the much anticipated and sought after Animal Eye Autofocus. The speed of acquisition and ability to actively and continuously track a subject through the entire frame is quite literally mind blowing.


The first clip where the camera identifies and locks on to the eye of a lion even though there is no light is a moment I'll never forget.

Bare in mind that that was with the Canon 100-400mm MKII @ F5.0 in very low light. Astonishing. I'll be unpacking more of the features and my first hand experience on the Canon EOS R5 in the coming weeks but one thing is for sure, its time to reimagine what your digital camera is capable of!

Andrew Beck

4 thoughts on “Canon EOS R5 Animal Eye Autofocus | First Impressions

  1. Lisa Roberti


    thank you for your thoughts on this. Can’t wait to hear more. I’m on the waiting list and can’t wait to try it out!

    • Andrew Beck

      Thanks for the feedback Lisa!

  2. Jimmy W


    Hi Andrew, thanks for making this video. I was just wondering how the viewfinder blackout or lag was and also roughly what the maximum frame rate the camera was able to achieve with an adapted lens like the 100-400mm II? Greatly appreciate your feedback. Thank you.

    • Andrew Beck

      Hi Jimmy

      You’ll be pleased to know that the lag and “stop motion” movie effect of the R and RP are a thing of the past. At anywhere between 15 and 20 FPS and with a EVF refresh rate of 120 FPS it feels almost exactly like shooting through a DSLR system. That coupled with the dramatically improved AF system means that you’re easily able to track and keep moving subjects in focus.

      In terms of maximum frame rate on EF lenses, I’m not entirely sure but I do believe that we may be limited to 16 FPS in many instances by virtue of the fact that the lens simply cannot manage the aperture blades as quickly as is required by the camera.

      Battery % will also have an impact on whether you’re able to achieve the full 20FPS from my understanding.

      Is it a deal breaker? Certainly not in my mind!

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